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Bus Tour of Successful Production-focused Farm Businesses
New Glarus Village Park
New Glarus, WI
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Do you have a dream of running your own farm one day? Are you interested in learning about where your food comes from?  Join this bus tour that will take you to three different successful farm businesses operated by soil sisters. The soil sisters will take you on a personal tour of their production-oriented farms, sharing the roots of their love for agriculture and the steps they took to launch and grow their business.  Tour a variety of operations. Observe packing and processing facilities at the peak of vegetable harvest, learn about CSAs (community supported agriculture) and meet a flock of sheep.

Soil sisters will serve as your guides throughout the tour and on the bus, sharing stories and answering questions about our shared mission to steward our landscape and cultivate community.

Farm fresh snacks and samples provided.

Meet these three Brodhead, Brooklyn and New Glarus area Soil Sisters and take a "behind the scenes" tour of their farms:

Winterfell Acres
Meet farmer Bethanee Wright, owner of Winterfell Acres, an organic farm raising over 200 different varieties of organic, heirloom produce marketed through her CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and local restaurants. A weightlifter, yogi, knitter, feminist, devourer of books, lover of the Earth and new momma, Bethanee's farm vision gives her CSA members the opportunity to develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food, the land that sustains them and the food that brings their family and friends together.

Raleigh's Hillside Farm
Lauren Rudersdorf shared her story of coming back to and reinventing the family farm land she grew up on, now running Raleigh's Hillside Farm, an organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) vegetable farm with her husband, Kyle. Tour the new packing shed, growing fields and learn about Lauren's other "hat" of food writer and her blog, The Leek & The Carrot.

Bluffwood Landing
Perched on a woodsy bluff, this 15 acre wool farm is home to endangered Jacob, Tunis and CVM/Romeldale sheep and the rare Gotland Sheep. Meet farmer Linda Dee Derrickson and hear her story of running this operation as a solo woman farmer in her seventies and learn about her passion for tending sheep, spinning wool cultivating a bio-diverse farmstead. Come back to her place for an "after tour party" to ask more questions on fiber and shop her store.

Children under age 2 can join the bus tour for free assuming that they can sit on the lap of a parent on the bus.  All children, ages 2 to 18, must be accompanied by a paying adult.

While there are limited spaces on the bus tour, a minimum of paid registrants must be met in order for the bus tour to be offered. If the bus tour must be cancelled due to lack of paid registrants 2 weeks prior to the scheduled event, any paid registrants will be notified and refunded their payment in full.

Please respect the working farms and do not privately visit the farms outside workshop, culinary events or scheduled bus tours. Thanks for your understanding.

A free copy of Renewing the Countryside: WISCONSIN will be given away to every family, couple and/or household registered for a particular workshop (a $26.95 value); the free book giveaway is limited to one copy per residential address of attendees.

CANCELLATION POLICY: NO REFUNDS.  SOIL SISTERS has a no refund policy, other than if minimum tour bus participants cannot be reached. You can, however, transfer your ticket to another person, provided that person is in possession of the ticket at the time of the workshop or tour.
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Aug 04, 2019 12:30 PM
Feel free to arrive to the venue location 30 minutes to 1 hour early, since the bus tour will start promptly at the start time.  We realize that it's hard to estimate exact travel times due to the rural location of the venue.  No refunds or credits will be offered for last minute cancellations or no shows.

Admission Level Price Quantity
Kids ages 2 to 12 $40.00 ($42.39 w/service fee)
Kids, ages 2 to 12  
Adult (including kids 12+) $60.00 ($63.09 w/service fee)
Adult ticket price applies to kids older than age 12. Free copy of Renewing the Countryside: WISCONSIN provided to every family or household registered (a $26.95 value); limit one per residence.  
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New Glarus Village Park (View)
300 Railroad Street
New Glarus, WI 53574
United States


Education > Business
Education > Tours
Food > Markets & Farms
Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Health & Wellness
Other > Pets & Animals

Minimum Age: 0
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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